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Bill 2: An Act to make Alberta open for business

On May 27, 2019, Alberta’s newly elected United Conservative Party government introduced Bill 2 and approved an Order in Council, making the Employment Standards (Minimum Wage) Amendment Regulation. If passed, Bill 2 will make amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Bill 2 reintroduces a number of provisions that were changed or […]

FCA releases new rules for crowdfunding platforms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its in Policy Statement (PS19/14) on 4 June 2019, outlining new rules for loan based (‘peer-to-peer’) platforms. Why the new rules? The final rules follow on from, and are broadly in line with, the FCA’s proposals in the consultation it launched in July 2018 in CP18/20. The FCA’s aim […]

Public law case update

Our latest case update includes five significant cases chosen by the Public Law and Regulation team to highlight important principles or procedural points. These include the importance of disclosure to the principle of open justice, the ability of the Scottish Parliament to make provisions for Scots law after Brexit and whether a legitimate expectation can […]

Canada’s new Trademarks Act: taking advantage of divisional applications, and a caution about the database

After the changes to the Trademarks Act take effect on June 17, applicants will have a new tool for reaching registration efficiently — divisional applications. What are divisional applications? Under the new Act, it will be possible to divide a trademark application, with some goods/services staying in the original application, and some goods/services being removed […]

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Birchams strives for pole position in motoring law

Bircham Dyson Bell has moved to develop a specialist automotive practice within the firm’s corporate department, securing its first instructions on a management buyout of a dealership network for Volkswagen (VW). Corporate partner Carol Martin is leading the new direction for the firm, working in conjunction with consultancy service Practical Strategy. “No one’s taken the […]

Controlling Interests

If private practice is not for you and policing the City and public interest issues are more your thing, life as a regulator could be the answer. Embarking on a legal career that involves climbing the greasy pole to partnership at a big City firm does not appeal to every law graduate. In fact, many […]

International report

Ropes & Gray began life in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 140-odd years since, it has grown to 775 fee-earners – of whom almost a third are equity partners – and opened offices in New York and San Francisco. In January 2001 the firm merged with New York IP outfit Fish & Neave, adding […]

Newly qualifieds given huge boost in latest salary hikes

Newly qualified and trainee solicitors across the City have been celebrating after receiving their biggest pay rises for several years. Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin have boosted their newly qualified’s salaries by 10 per cent to £55,000. Linklaters, which kicked off the salary hikes, has increased its newly qualified’s salaries […]

SJ Berwin hikes turnover by 23 per cent

SJ Berwin has taken the riches of last year’s M&A resurgence and delivered a 23 per cent jump in turnover, while Herbert Smith has struggled to maintain its momentum. Preliminary figures for SJ Berwin reveal that turnover rose to £150.5m in 2005-06, up from £122m the previous year, breaking the firm’s budgeted increase of 15 […]

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